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  • Locations: Camerino, Italy; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Field Station Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Camerino Field Camp, Italy

Geology Field Camp in Central Italy

In collaboration with the University of Camerino, Mason is offering a five-week intensive field program designed as a capstone course for upper-division geology majors. The focus of this course will be on traditional bedrock mapping, while also introducing students to applied topics such as geologic hazards, engineering geology and clastic sedimentary systems. The skills learned at field camp will provide students with the basic training essential to begin a career as a field scientist for private sector industry or moving towards graduate student research. Emphasis will be placed on training students to build their skills in geologic description and hypothesis testing in the field. Students will learn to confidently collect data in the field, interpret geologic problems, create geologic maps, and write a scientific report.

Geology in Italy FlyerProgram Details

Credits Offered:

  • Geology (GEOL) 404: Geological Field Techniques


This program is open to geology and earth science majors including those who do not attend George Mason University. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to Mason students. This course is intended for junior and senior level students.

Prerequisite Courses
  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentology and/or Stratigraphy
  • Geomorphology
  • Structural geology
See the application checklist below under Links and Resources.


Two large rooms with bunk beds at the Center for Territory and Environmental Research and Training, set in of Camporotondo di Fiastrone, near the city of Camerino. The Center also has a large kitchen and dining room/study area.

Program Cost (Summer 2018): $4,500

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing
  • Most Meals in Camerino (6 days a week)
  • Breakfast in Rome and Naples
  • Airport Transfer from Rome to Camerino
  • Local Transportation to Field Sites
  • Most Field Equipment
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Lunches and dinners in Rome and Naples
  • Some meals (on Free Days; kitchen facilities available onsite)
  • Personal spending
  • Immunization (Tetanus Shot)

Program Itinerary* 2018

Day 1    Students arrive in Rome; group transit to Camporotondo
Day 2 Orientation Day and Intro Seminar
Day 3-7 Project 1: Intro to Appenine Geology
Day 8 Free Day
Day 9-11 Project 2: Clastic Sedimentary Systems
Day 12 Free Day
Day 13-18 Project 3: Geologic Mapping at Lago di Fiastra
Day 19 Free day
Day 20-21 Project 4: K/T boundary
Day 22-25 Project 5: Seismotectonics and Active Fault Mapping
Day 26 Free day
Day 27-30 Project 6: Landslide Mapping and Risk Assessment
Day 31 Free Day
Day 32 Travel Day to Rome
Day 33-37 Project 7: Volcanic and Plutonic processes and deposits
Day 38 Students depart Naples; program ends

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Links and Resources

Application Checklist Geology Field Camp Summer 2018.pdf

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey
(703) 993-2106

Academic Directors

Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti
(703) 993-9269

Randolph McBride
(703) 993-1642

Field Camp Coordinator

Alan Pitts

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/04/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2018 07/06/2018
NOTE: Early Application Deadline: December 10, 2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.